Today’s weather was just wonderful! I had lunch planned with my friend David Lutz, the pianist/accompanist/coach extraordinaire! He played on my most recent CD and he lives in Vienna. I met him at the Italian restaurant near his apartment in the 3rd district at 1:00 in the afternoon. Since it was such lovely weather, I walked all the way there (and back). It was great catching up with him, and he is such a delight to chat with! The food at the restaurant is really yummy, and I had a pasta dish with chicken, tomatoes, and cream sauce – so good!
After lunch, I decided it was nice enough to do some serious walking for the rest of the day. I made a brief stop by the OBB office (train info) to get a schedule for a possible side trip to Basel, Switzerland, as Milos’ ship would be docked there for an overnight, and I might as well use this Rail Pass and do some traveling!
I figured I’d done so much exploring around the inner city already, that it was time to venture in different directions. I decided to walk back to my apartment to pick up my sunglasses and camera, and then head towards the river. I had tried to walk to the river before, but forgot to check my map and ended up taking a wrong turn and couldn’t get past all the industrial stuff between the river and the residential neighborhood. This time I decided to go a different way (made sure to check my map in advance.) I went all the way up Taborstrasse, then turned left and eventually was able to turn right and head up towards the river.
I got a chance to walk along a good portion of the Danube. I saw a whole bunch of swans, which was really cool! Then I eventually came to where all the river cruise boats are docked – the same place we docked last summer on our trip. From there, I decided to walk all the way back to the inner city. I followed the major street that headed away from the water and kept on walking. Fortunately, when you start to get closer to the inner city, you can see the top of the cathedral above all the other buildings – that’s always going to be your center. So I knew if I just walked in that direction, I’d be good to go!
Eventually, I ended up at the canal, just a block away from the bottom of Taborstrasse. After all the hours of walking, I thought I was due a small treat, and I headed to Zanoni & Zanoni for some ice cream! I got a nice mix of raspberry and blueberry, and then headed back to the 2nd district again, back to my apartment.
Tomorrow’s forecast is showing a chance of rain and not quite as warm, but it’s supposed to get nicer later in the week – maybe that’s when I’ll take my day trip to Bratislava.
Here are some pics from my walk today….